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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

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Sea Snail (Dried)

Submitted by on August 5, 2009 – 9:18 pm6 Comments | 18,011 views

Ingredient Name:  Sea Snail, Conch, Gastropod

Traditional Chinese Name: 螺片 (luó piàn)

What is this?
  • Sea snails are medium-to-large sized snails which live in the sea
  • They are most popularly known for their large, empty conches which are popular decorative pieces and/or even instruments.  (Some claim that when you put your ear against an empty conch shell, you can hear the call of the ocean.)
  • All parts of the sea snail are edible
  • The meat is soft and chewy

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash and soak the dried slices of sea snail for 20 minutes
  • If you plan to eat the sea snail meat with your soup, cut the dried slices into thin strips before putting into your soup

Where can I buy this?

  • You can find dried sea snail in most asian supermarkets and in asian herb shops
  • Although some people prefer eating only the white meat of sea snails, all parts of the sea snail are edible

What is the cost?

  • Sea snails vary widely in price depending on the size and type of sea snail.  The sea snail slices pictured above were 6 inches in length and cost less than $2 CAD.
  • Abalone is one type of sea snail which is popular and can be very expensive to buy

Any benefits?

  • According to traditional chinese medicine, sea snails are said to nourish the Yin and the kidneys and to improve eyesight
  • Sea snails add little flavour to your soup, however this ingredient can provide a lot of texture, especially if you cut them into thin slices and slurp them down with your delicious chinese soup! 

Any precautions?

  • None that I’ve heard of.



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